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Suspensions: The Wrong Answer for D.C. Students

Judith Sandalow | Posted 08.27.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

A new report shows that 13 percent of students were suspended at least once during the 2011-2012 school year, with some middle schools suspending more than two-thirds of their students. The vast majority of these suspensions were for behaviors involving no drugs, no injuries, and no weapons.

How a Community Play Inspired Sacramento Schools to Tackle Discriminatory Discipline Issues

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Jane Ellen Stevens

ZERO, an innovative play in which White threw out questions to the audience between acts, distills the real stories and the real emotions behind the numbers in Sacramento.

Courts and (Neo)Vouchers: When (if Ever) Should We Be Surprised?

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Kevin Welner

Lawyers who designed the neovoucher approach were doing what lawyers are hired to do: to find a work-around that will allow their clients to follow a desired path notwithstanding a law intended to block that path.

The Time Is Now for Smart Snacks in Schools

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

It takes a community effort to ensure that kids have healthy options throughout the day to make the best choices possible. Moms across the country have told us that this is not always an easy task.

Joy Resmovits

Are Charter Schools Worth It?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Charter school students on average slightly outpace comparable public school kids in reading and tie them in math, according to a large study of acade...

When (Neo)Voucher Advocates Lose

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Kevin Welner

The court applied the no-aid clause to find that a voucher system cannot fund private schools, whether set up with direct funding or through a tax credit scheme.

Real Solutions to Our Education Funding Crisis (VIDEO)

Brian Sims | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Brian Sims

If you've been paying attention to the national news lately, you've certainly caught wind of the catastrophic budget problems that the Philadelphia public school system is currently facing.

The Federal Government's Role in Education: School Vouchers?

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Marc F. Bernstein

Teacher unions, parents, small government advocates are critical constituencies for both Democrats and Republicans. How could Congress do anything but consider limiting the federal role in education?

Picture This! Great Teaching -- An Inspired Way to Celebrate Teachers

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 08.18.2013 | Impact
Carnegie Corporation of New York

How would you answer this question: "When I picture great teaching, I see ______?" Last month, Carnegie Corporation and 50 leading education nonpro...

It Makes Me Wonder Why All the Amateurs Have Come to Education

Shaun Johnson | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Shaun Johnson

The strong, silent professionals who actually do all of the shoe-work in education are distracted by, of all things, what got them in the profession in the first place. It's their work with children and young persons that is most important, so that's where their attentions rest.

Silence My Voice, Not My Religion

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 08.17.2013 | Religion
Stephanie R. Caudle

While this story is powerful and especially resonates with me because of my roots in the school, this act of standing for your religion is a trend sweeping the nation.

Why Kids Hate Reading: An Addict's Perspective

Kyle Weiss | Posted 08.17.2013 | Books
Kyle Weiss

Strictness in school literature requirements and lack of breadth and in permitted genres to choose from for said requirement is one of the biggest problems with education in America.

The Aftermath of 3,783 Layoffs: What Will Philadelphia Schools Look Like?

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Hillary Linardopoulos

I can't say I have all of the answers for the funding crisis in the School District of Philadelphia. What I can say is that our schools cannot open without these people. Our students already are at the mercy of a lack of resources. They cannot afford another cut.

ConnectEd Is a Great New Presidential Initiative But We are Already Behind

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 08.11.2013 | Technology
Dr. Idit Harel

The President's education innovation goals are admirable. However, for those of us who have already been accomplishing much of these goals and programs in the past 2-3 decades, in multiple locations throughout the nation, some questions emerge.

A New Evangelical Engagement With Public Schools

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Why would evangelical Christians want anything to do with public schools? Judging from decades of culture war rhetoric, these are bastions of secular humanism where God and his fearers are unwelcome.

Georgia Bus Driver Fired for Complaint About School Lunch Program

Richard Schiffman | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Richard Schiffman

Johnny Cook has been driving for Haralson County Middle School in suburban Atlanta for years. But no longer. Cook was fired for making the following p...

Hartford Performs: Measuring Student Achievement Through Arts Education

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
Bruce E. Whitacre

Brace yourself...this is a big one. Arts education enrichment programs are starting to demonstrate concrete, measurable improvement in student achievement and engagement.

Solving Our Cheating Problem in Schools

Tim Elmore | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Tim Elmore

Ghost writing is big business today, and thousands of college students take advantage of websites that deliver an "A" or a "B" paper on its due date. But it's not just the students.

Want to Improve Teaching? Listen to Students

Harriet Sanford | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Harriet Sanford

Good teachers have long known the importance of knowing their students, both as learners and as individuals. But building and strengthening the relationship between teachers and students has become central to efforts to improve teaching.

Let's Move More Than Our Lips!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This time, let's prove we aren't all talk and no action. This time, let's demonstrate we aren't hypocrites. This time, let's prove we really are a nation of loving parents and grandparents, concerned and responsible adults. This time, let's move more than our lips.

Chicago's Students Deserve Acts of Heroism

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago
Dennis Van Roekel

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to shutter 50 (yes, 50) schools won't be good for Chicago's children, especially children of color.

In NYC, Rhetoric vs. Reality

Eric Lerum | Posted 07.23.2013 | New York
Eric Lerum

There is still much work to be done -- but there is no doubt the city's education system is on a better path because of the leadership of the past decade. Students and families in New York City -- and everywhere -- deserve a real debate on the issues.

Nursery School Relics

Anna Sandler | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Anna Sandler

All these things were in Molly's nursery school classroom day in and day out, and of course, amongst the bustle of a hurried pick-up on the way to a dentist appointment, were the most mundane things in the world. Now, they became instantly, and overwhelmingly, touching.

Student's Rant Speaks Volumes for What Ails Our Classrooms

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.22.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

How can we as a nation go where his teacher would not, and rise up to address students when they ask what their schools are doing to help them?

Dreaming Big in Public School

Dao-Yi Chow | Posted 07.22.2013 | New York
Dao-Yi Chow

I didn't realize it back then, but going to public school in New York City set the direction for what I am doing now. The music I listened to and heard all around me dictated my world.